With 6 long weekends coming up in 2016, Koh Samui makes for a convenient escapade being just 2 hours away from Singapore.
Thanks to Bangkok Airways and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, I finally got a chance to experience Koh Samui on holiday! If you recall, the last time I travelled to Koh Samui was to experience life as a digital nomad, working and travelling at the same time. While I prefer going budget and taking the road less travelled, it is still nice to indulge on jaunts like this once in awhile.
Why Koh Samui is perfect for a weekend getaway
You get to indulge in our national pastime
It is no secret that Singaporeans love to eat. In Koh Samui, we got to indulge in all kinds of local and thai fusion food. While I did feel that we were a little overfed, we ate without guilt anyway since we were on a getaway. :P
Khanom Jeen Nam Ya (White noodles in fish curry). Mine had crab bits! Who can resist the BEST PANCAKE in Koh Samui. Actually all the stalls said the same thing. Street food! Glass noodles with assorted pork Super yummy thai curry with salmon. Love the thai fusion dishes.
Fun fact: The export of coconuts used to be the biggest trade in Koh Samui until tourism took over in recent years. This explains why the coconuts taste so good!
There are bodily treats for all budgets
No weekend getaway trip would be complete without a massage or spa of some kind.
For those in need of a more holistic and life-enriching holiday, Kamalaya Koh Samui offers personalised multi-day programs to rejuvenate you. While we only got a small taste of their wellness program, the 90 minute thai massage I got was the best I’ve ever experienced. Not only was the masseuse skilled, she was super attentive at making sure I always felt comfortable.
Outdoor massage at Kamalaya. You can really reconnect with nature here. Fooling around with the rest doing yoga poses!
There are tons of affordable options for the budget conscious too. While you can easily have your pick along dozens of parlors along Chaweng Beach Road, we tried the better (slightly more pricey) Dusita Spa.
You can stock up on vitamin sea
Nothing like a dose of fun by the sea to energise the body. The sun sand and sea is the perfect treatment for those stuck working in offices for long hours.
This is Hin Ta, or better known as the grandfather rock. Guess why?
There are 5 popular beaches in Koh Samui – Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, Choeng Mon Beach, Thongtakian Beach, and Maenam Beach. They are all easily accessible, with plenty of facilities, which is why they tend to be more touristy as well. Thankfully, you can probably still find a good spot by the beach.
Chaweng Beach is pretty “happening” at night, so if partying on the beach is your thing, do check it out. Not to forget the full moon parties at nearby Koh Phangan Island.
For the slightly more adventurous, do go island hopping and snorkelling on a day trip! Unfortunately we experienced bad weather but we heard that Anthong Marine National Park is really good! Crystal clear waters, remote beaches, and things of that nature.
There are accommodations that make you never want to leave
Sometimes all we need from a weekend getaway is a good place to relax. To be honest, as much as there is to do around Koh Samui, I would have been content spending all day at the places we stayed at.
Minimalistic rooms with mood lighting at The Library A red swimming pool? Why not right? You can spot these guys all around The Library
The Library was one of my favourites. This design boutique hotel elegantly modelled after a book, features minimalistic rooms with tons of attention to detail. Rooms are called pages, there is a real library, 3 restaurants, and even an outrageously beautiful red pool. I especially love how passionate the hotel staff were when introducing the surroundings to us. Could really see the pride they have in running the place!
Doing work at Centara Villa Samui. Clearly the bed is too big for me.
We were also hosted at the Centara Villas Samui and Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui for the other nights. The former featured cosy luxurious villas, while the latter has the longest beachfront with colonial-era styled rooms.
You will feel special
There’s a reason why Thailand is known as the land of a thousand smiles. The general service standard is high and you genuinely feel welcome. People smile more, which also makes it easier for you to part with your tourist dollars. That said, a weekend getaway wouldn’t be very enjoyable if the people around you were grumpy.
Free food and drinks at the Bangkok Airways lounge even for Economy class passengers! The signature Khao Tom Mat (Sticky Rice and Banana)
I was also pleasantly surprised that Bangkok Airways has a lounge stocked full of goodies for all their passengers! Because I always fly on budget or economy class, I never thought that I’ll get a chance to experience going to an airline lounge. Free food, drinks, and wifi. Very nice touch! I guess this is why they call themselves a boutique airline.
FYI: Bangkok Airways has just increased their flights! The extra flights operate every Weds and Thurs. Samui – Singapore PG963, departs from Samui at 13:30 hrs and arrives Singapore at 16:20 hrs, and PG964 departs from Singapore at 17:20 hrs and arrives Samui at 18:15 hrs.
Ending off with my cheat sheet to Long Weekend Getaways in 2016. It’s never too early to start planning for your short getaways! Feel free to share!
My favourite view all week. Off to my next adventure at Koh Samui for the next few days. Will be sightseeing, snorkeling, and doing things that people do in Koh Samui. Add me on snapchat @Pohtecktoes for bite sized adventures! This might be interesting for those applying for #TheTravelIntern. You definitely will need to know the difference between media familiarisation trips, sponsored trips, content creation trips, and DIY trips! #kohsamui @bangkokairways @amazingthailand #1000SMILESTHAILAND #PGTATsamuiexclusivetrip @bangkokairways